In America, more than 50 million adults suffer from arthritis, making it extremely common. Despite the statistic, the condition is not very well understood. In fact, the word arthritis refers not to a single disease but is really just an informal way of referring to a joint pain or disease.
The many different types, ranging from rheumatoid arthritis to osteoarthritis, do have common symptoms: swelling, stiffness, decreased range of motion, and pain. Symptoms can come and go, staying for years at mild, moderate, or severe levels.
Doctors often prescribe medication to help relieve arthritis patients of those symptoms, but most of the time those medications can cause unwanted side effects. These side effects have made finding natural and at-home remedies more popular.
How Weight Affects Arthritis
One of the best remedies to arthritis pain is, unfortunately, not the easiest. However, it’s extremely important to not only your joint and muscle pain relief but also to a healthy lifestyle in general.
Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight will take a lot of pressure off of your joints. Every pound that you lose is four pounds of pressure off of your knees, which can and will greatly reduce the amount of pain that you feel.
Of course, exercise and weight maintenance go hand in hand, and exercise is also key to helping reduce arthritis pain. People used to think exercise made arthritis worse, but the opposite is actually true. For a “generally” healthy person, exercise forms healthy bones, muscles, and joints, keeping bodies limber. So for those with neck arthritis and back arthritis, exercise will help keep the body stronger and reduce pain.
Of course, this has its limits. Runners with osteoarthritis should cut down their mileage and run on softer surfaces, like tracks. Good exercise programs will include a mixture of aerobic and strengthening exercises.
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Topical Treatments for Arthritis
If you’re looking for pretty direct pain relief, there are plenty of natural, homeopathic treatments that you can create by adding few items to your pantry.
- Mustard Seed: Mustard seed can make a great topical treatment for arthritis pain relief. You can create a rub or a plaster with warm mustard seed oil and apply it directly to the joints that are in pain. The heat produced by the oil will improve blood flow, providing relief.
- Myrrh: Myrrh is highly valued in the Middle East, where it is found most abundantly, for it’s anti-inflammatory effects. Applying it as a salve will reduce inflammation and help reduce pain.
- Hot and Cold Therapy: This method is considered tried and true for a reason. Long, warm showers or baths (in the morning, especially) will help ease stiffness that causes pain. Sleeping with an electric blanket or heating pad at night will keep your joints lose through your slumber
- Epsom Salt: To increase the level of pain relief that you get from a soak in the bath, add epsom salts. You can soak just one part of your body (hand, ankle) in a large bowl with warm water and epsom salts, but for neck arthritis and back arthritis, just add the salts to a full bath.
- Capsaicin: This treatment is not for the faint of heart and should be used sparingly, if possible, as it provides relatively quick but temporary pain relief. Popular OTC pain relievers have capsaicin (the part of the pepper that makes it hot), but you can easily make one yourself.
Dietary Supplements for Arthritis Relief
Applying treatments like the ones described above can help both temporarily and in the long term, but you can help yourself even more by adding different supplements to your routine and even spices or juices to your diet.
- Mustard Seed: This herb can be used not only as the rub described above but also through consumption. When consumed, it is a rich source of selenium, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids, which have all been linked to improving arthritis pain.
- Frankincense: Frankincense is a tree resin that has been around and used for various reasons since biblical times. Consuming it as a nutritional supplement has been found to help knee pain caused by arthritis.
- Tart Cherries: This tasty fruit contains an abundance of antioxidants called anthocyanins that work as anti-inflammatory agents. Tart cherry extract has helped those with rheumatoid arthritis, as it blocks the pathways in our body that signal inflammation and cause pain.
- Magnesium Supplements: You can add foods, spices, or herbs to your diet that are high in magnesium, but if you want to be more direct, go straight for magnesium supplements. Magnesium relaxes muscles and nerve endings, relieving stiffness and arthritis pain while helping your bones mineralize too.
- White Willow Tea: This tea works like a natural aspirin. It was used by the ancient Greeks to relieve pain because it contains salicin. Salicin converted in the body to a salicylic acid, similar to the way that aspirin does its job, but naturally.
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